Monday , Nov , 11 , 2013 Elijah Abramson

NBA star James Harden fined for flopping

James Harden is one of the NBA’s best players…and currently one of the biggest floppers.

HoopsVibe’s Quick Call: James Harden may have missed out on the NBA’s top-10 players in the league, but he’s a top-10 flopper.


James Harden was fined $5000 today for his second flopping violation (against the Los Angeles Clippers) in only seven games.

The NBA has started to come down harder on floppers, and James Harden is the first real star who has had the league offices come down on him. Realistically, $5000 is the equivalent of a couple pennies to these stars, but hopefully the idea is that the reputation of being known as a “flopper” in the NBA is the real punishment.

At the risk of being despised by readers, I’m going to put it out there: I think flopping should be perfectly legal. Having been a basketball referee at a very amateur level, I know that there is a responsibility for the referee to make the right calls. If an NBA player wants to “act,” then he should be treated accordingly. For one, don’t give them the call. If it looks like they flopped, simply don’t make the call. And if they fall out of bounds with the ball; it’s a turnover. Simple.

And if someone gains the unfortunate reputation of being a flopper, all you have to do is be aware of it and do not give them the benefit of the doubt on close calls. If players want to act like they’re acting in Hollywood, then treat them like they are until they discontinue those actions.

This retroactive fining of floppers really doesn’t do much. James Harden is making $14 million this year…$5000 is a meager 0.4 percent of his annual salary.

There is too fine of a line of what makes something a “flop” and what makes it just trying to get the referee to see the call. I say we leave the league offices out of this and let the referees, media, and fans discourage flopping in the NBA.

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